Only Time Will Tell

Archer, Jeffrey

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Only Time Will Tell
"From the popular author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton's life begins in 1920, with the words, "I was told that my father was killed in the war." A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he's left school. But then his unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life will never be the same again. As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question who was his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the first-born son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line? This introductory novel in The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler's Germany. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined"-- Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 031253955X
Branch Call Number: FICTION ARCHER 2011
Characteristics: 386 p. ;,24 cm


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In 1920's Bristol, Harry learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he's left school. But then his unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life will never be the same. (First novel in the Clifton Chronicles.)

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Jul 21, 2014
  • chogs rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed the read until the end when I knew Archer was coming up with sequels...not in a hurry to continue with the sequels.

Mar 12, 2014
  • Dorisplorr rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

If JK Rowling and VC Andrews were locked in a room with a keg, this is what they would have written.

Im not going to bother with the rest of them.

Feb 12, 2014

Brilliant !

Jan 22, 2014
  • 2puppies rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Most entertaining read! Am already on second novel of trilogy.

Apr 10, 2013
  • MaryMaryJ rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Hmmm.. expected much more. Was entertaining.

Feb 06, 2013
  • Eil_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The first of 3 stories about this family. I so thoroughly enjoyed reading this "Act 1" I've since read the sequel and anxiously await the third book by Archer. Terrific - I don't know why some of the reviewers didn't like it.

Sep 14, 2012

Oh, thanks for the Spoiler qubrown!!! Ugh

Aug 01, 2012

I really liked this book and recommended it to several people. The characters were good upstranding people. I knew it was a trilogy before reading it so was expecting a cliff hanger. So far, Archer has not disappointed me when I am looking for a good book to read.

Jul 31, 2012
  • sldoug rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A fast read, fast paced with minimal detail. The characters weren't terribly deep (either flawlessly noble and good, or evil to the core...but mostly flawlessly noble and good), but the storyline was engaging and really, sometimes the story of the unfailingly good underdogs trying to prevail against evil is exactly what you're looking for.

Jul 05, 2012
  • Mommies2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent first book in this series. Each character is a great addition to the story. Excellent read and can't wait to read his second book. A+ read.

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